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jimh posted 10-30-2008 05:33 PM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
Stand-by for news at:

Hoosier posted 10-30-2008 05:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
Hmmm....High Definition Sonar??....

I seem to recall a discussion here about the Broadband Sounder and what it really did.

bluewaterpirate posted 10-30-2008 05:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
The smaller 5.25" screens will come with the HD Sonar embedded in the unit. There are some other real nice features to go along with the sonar.

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Hoosier posted 10-30-2008 06:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier

High Definition System, I was close and the broadband sounder technology is built in.

jmorgan40 posted 11-01-2008 08:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmorgan40  Send Email to jmorgan40     
I almost bought a LCX-38C to network with my LX-26C a few weeks ago. I am glad I held off. I might consider upgrading to the new unit.
Hoosier posted 11-05-2008 09:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
It looks like Lowrance's new units will come in four screen sizes, 5", 6.4", 8.4" and 10.4". This is a good compilation of all the different models: more-on-lowrance-hds-high-def-fish.html

What are your thoughts about an optimum screen size for center console mounting?

jimh posted 11-05-2008 11:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Lowrance appears to have introduced a new GPS receiver module with NMEA-2000 networking, the LGC-4000. One improvement is noted as a "high speed 5 Hz update rate."
jimh posted 11-08-2008 10:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
At a recent marine electronic distributor show, these new LOWRANCE units were not announced or mentioned. Shortly afterwards retailers were a bit surprised to discover that the LOWRANCE units they'd just ordered were about to become obsoleted by these HDS units.
Jefecinco posted 11-09-2008 10:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
The current screen size on my boat, a Dauntless 16, is 10.4 inches. In order to install the unit I had to relocate the compass to one of the two helm seat cup holders. I like the screen size as it is easy for me to read at a glance while underway at speed.

If I was to replace with a new unit I'd strongly lean toward 8.4 inch size. Installation of and acess to the rear of the 10.4 inch unit was and is difficult. The fit is so close that the screen cover is a very tight squeeze between the windshield port side and the console center stainless steel support for the windshield guard.

If considering a larger unit for your console I strongly suggest careful measurement before purchase. The drawings I found on the Lowrance site did not include the dimensions with the screen cover in place and I was not smart enough to consider it before buying the unit on the internet.


jimh posted 11-18-2008 03:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The new LOWRANCE website went active this week. Check out the new products.
jimh posted 11-18-2008 08:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The Lake Insight™ cartography being bundled with the new Lowrance High Definition System looks like a significant improvement. It has a three-dimensional shaded look to the display, which helps to visualize the depth contours. The Great Lakes are included in the bundled cartography.
jimh posted 11-23-2008 11:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
LOWRANCE showed their new HDS products at the METS 2008 (marine equipment trade show) in Amsterdam, Holland. According to some reports published on PANBO.COM, the HDS products are not going to be available for purchase until late spring, i.e., April or May of 2009. The units on display were described as "a work in progress" and apparently had occasional malfunctions.


Given the cold and snow we're having in the Great Lakes already, ice-out may not be until April or May for many of us, so perhaps the long delay won't affect buyers too much.

Hoosier posted 02-10-2009 10:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
I've been tracking the HDS product info since they were announced last fall. After a few emails to Lowrance I found out that both the Basemap and Insight map files only include US waters. Those of us how might need data for Canadian waters will have to buy that data on a supplemental SD card.

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